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Is the Bible true?
A: The entire Protestant Reformation was fought on the basis of “Sola Scriptura.” The Bible was held as the Word of God and the Ten Commandments were held as binding by all confessions.
The Apocrypha was rejected as uninspired because it conflicted with inspired Scripture and the view of Jerome was accepted which, by and large, accorded with the Jewish council of Jamnia in the second century in condemning the Apocrypha. Apocrypha means “hidden” and that is what they were. The Old Testament canon was closed at the death of Ezra in 323-1 BCE and the Apocrypha was used as a text but not regarded as inspired. Hippo and Carthage considered the question of the canon.
The Council of Trent, in trying to counter the Reformation, made the fatal error of declaring the Apocrypha canonical, allegedly following Augustine. Thus, when you say the Bible is true, one must ask which Bible is true? Look at the paper The Bible (No. 164). Unfortunately, declaring the Bible true does not mean that the people, who do so, do what it says. In Europe this century during the Holocaust there was a category in the concentration camps with an upside down purple triangle. This was for the “Bibelforschers” or “Bible Researchers.” It was the aim of the Holocaust to make Europe a Lutheran/Roman Catholic Christian state, free of the Bible following, Sabbath-keeping Jews and Christians.
The Lutherans seemingly took over the first concentration camp near Hamburg from the SA at the end of 1932. This was an old tradition. After the Reformation the Lutherans took over from the Roman Catholics in Transylvania. Rabbi Kohn records in his work Sabbatarians in Transylvania (CCG Publishing 1998) that the Sabbatarian Christians in Transylvania were persecuted ruthlessly for keeping the Law of God. These upright Christian gentlemen beheaded the women in the street because they were found to have goose fat instead of pig lard in their kitchens.
A million Armenians were taken out and shot between 1919 and the Holocaust because they kept the Bible as truth. Between one and two million Sabbatarians, sheltering among the Bektashi in Turkey, simply disappeared after 1927 along with perhaps up to five million Bektashi.
Look at the history of the Bible-obeying people of God in the paper The Role of the Fourth Commandment in the Historical Sabbath-keeping Churches of God (No. 170). So one can say, “Yes, the Bible is true (minus the Apocryphal works).” However there are a few fraudulent translations and insertions that make some of it not so true (e.g. 1John 5:7 KJV and 1Tim 3:16 in the KJV, Deut. 32:8 in the MT, and thus all Bibles following it, and so on).
What you think about the origin of the Bible as a document? Particularly, I would like to know what you think about the Bible being a different interpretation of perhaps older writings from ancient Egypt, kush and axum? Like the ancient poem from the walls of the tomb of Antef in ancient Egypt is strikingly similar to a passage from Corinthians.
A: The Bible refers to contemporary documents and practices all the time, throughout the history of its compilation. The Old Testament has been subjected to the most intense dissection in order to prove it is wrong.
Items like, for example, the notation at the death of Moses by the scribes is taken as indicative of the fact that Moses could not have an account of his own death, therefore it is a later production. The Restatement of the law in Deuteronomy is held to be a product of three documents in the Pentateuch the P, J, and Q documents.
The different uses of names for God and the people acting for Him are taken as evidence of different strains of worship in Canaan, rather than as evidence of the appalling theological ignorance of the scholars themselves, which is the actual case. The fact that Daniel is in Hebrew and Chaldee (Aramaic) is taken as evidence for a later writing, not as evidence for the theological structure of the message, which gives it more authenticity and power. A forger would hardly destroy his own work by adding Aramaic to a Hebrew text he had forged at a later date.
The references to the LXX in the New Testament indicate usage and familiarity. The phraseology in Jude shows a familiarity with Enoch, but does not indicate a lack of inspiration. The alterations of the Old Testament Hebrew by the Sopherim do not indicate a late compilation, but rather with the DSS and the LXX, we know that they altered the texts, and a genuine theologian will understand why.
The problem with chronology often stems from the total ignorance and the paradigms of the scholars themselves. For example, Egyptian chronology is based on Manetho. PhDs have been gained on that structure. Thus, the Bible is discredited rather than have some scholars place them in the correct time frame. I. Velikovsky paid the price for challenging that structure.
The Chaldean sequence is the same. The Hittites were thought to have never existed, as for centuries they appeared only in the Bible. Now, they have found their cities. In a short time they will tie them in as the Celtic people in the Israelite alliance. Until now that has been resisted because the European system has been at great pains to hide the true origins of nations because they want to construct an evolutionary model to get away from Bible laws.
The history of the Anglo Saxons is deliberately shrouded in mystery, up until the time of Julius Caesar, because the Catholic Church does not want the British to find out about their true origins. Look at the paper The Unitarian/Trinitarian Wars (No. 268) for some of the history of the nations of Europe
The latest plan is to date the Bible after 600 BCE, and then claim it came from the Indian texts (Vedas and Upanishads), which is the reverse of the case from the Aryan invasions of India 1000 BCE. They hope to thus establish the Process Theology model as the New World Religion. This was developed from Buddhism and Shintoism from the Kyoto School by Harteshorne and Whitehead. The time scale and authenticity of the Bible is examined in the paper The Bible (No. 164). I have noticed that many experts seem to hold the view that the Bible is not inspired. Do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God? If so are we logically compelled by it?
A: If Scripture is God breathed then He has given instructions for us to follow. However, we agree that it is both inspired and infallible. In a way we can agree on both but do not equate "inspired" with "commanded".
The Bible was "commanded" in the sense that God issued His Laws through His servants the prophets. The epistles are simply the writings of the early Church leaders and teachers that our Church has deemed as being inspired Scripture. God issued His Law through His servants the prophets. In this way the entire structure of the law and the prophets hang on the Two Great Commandments. See the law series papers from The Law of God (No. L1). Do you have a “key” that details the symbolic meanings of words used in Bible prophecy?
A: There are a series of keys to understanding prophecy. Timeframes are explained in the paper The Sign of Jonah and the History of the Reconstruction of the Temple (No. 13). You also need to know who some of the Tribes are, and the identity of modern Israel. Look at the paper The Unitarian/Trinitarian Wars (No. 268). The use of the term, for example, “trees” has a meaning (see the paper The Fall of Egypt The Prophecy of Pharaoh’s Broken Arms (No. 36)) as do the concepts of “women” for churches, and cities of reigns and eras. The meanings are complex and they come out in the explanations of the texts. Look at these papers and they will explain many of the symbols. The City of God (No. 180) will show you what is the ultimate symbolism of the Bible.
What is the date of the printing of the Gutenberg Bible? What is the date of the printing of the Geneva Bible and who printed it?
A: For the benefit of all readers, the dates of the more famous English Bibles are: Wycliffe (Lollard Bible) (ca 1380); Tyndale (1525); Coverdale (1535); Matthews (1537); Cromwell’s or the Great Bible 1st edition (1539) 2nd edition ka Cranmers Bible; The Geneva Bible (1557-1560); Bishops Bible (1568); Vulgate tr. Reims New Testament (1582); Douay Bible (1609-10). Gutenbergs 42 line Bible was finished in 1453-1455. The thirty-six-line type appears to have been ready as early as the 4th decade of the century.
I’d like to evaluate the new NET Bible for faithfulness to the majority of the ancient texts. What sampling of Old Testament & New Testament verses would be good criteria to use in comparison with those of the NKJV? Not being a language scholar, I’d need you to point out the significant nuances to watch for in both. I realise that both were interpreted & translated by Trinitarians. I’d also like your opinion of the NET and the NKJV.
A: It is very good to evaluate texts. The NKJV corrected a problem with the New Testament in one text by changing the original text in their Old Testament translation. Hence they have all the problems of the KJV, and more that they have made themselves. Look at the texts in Deuteronomy 32:8. If it doesn’t say “sons of God”, it is wrong.
Ezekiel 28 is a good test. Look at the Interlinear Bible and work through the Old Testament text by looking at Strong’s as well: John 1:18, 1Timothy 3:16; 6:16; Philippians 2:5-9; 1John 5:20; 1John 5:7. For instance the paper Arche of the Creation of God as Alpha and Omega (No. 229) is a good start for Revelation 1 and others.
Which are the decent study Bibles? So many give explanations on totally obvious passages and terms, then totally ignore the passages and phrases that are hard to understand. Who needs such worthless help? I found the NIV Study Bible from Zondervan edited by K. Bakker, for example, of absolutely no help at all except to arouse anger.
A: We understand what you mean. The NIV is frustrating as well. It is a Trinitarian apology and ignores or deletes many important texts. The explanations often deal with the obvious and ignore the more difficult. Some of the footnotes are of value however and can be quite useful.
The best KJV you can use is the Companion Bible by Bullinger. His notes are very good except where they explain the Godhead or the Chronology. He gets both those wrong. Later, after the Bible work was published, he understood his error when persuaded by A. E. Knock. However, he was too old and left it to Knoch to fix, which he did in the Concordant Literal New Testament. So, that text is also important.
The appendices are of good value except, once again, for his chronology and the explanations based on that. The Marshall’s Greek English Interlinear is good and the RSV version is the best. They are now trying to publish it with the NIV rather than the RSV, which is a shame.
Green’s Interlinear Bible is a good Interlinear with Strong’s numbering and can be used for the Old Testament. The New Testament is based on the Receptus and so you will need Marshall’s as well. Bullinger’s notes deal with the problems in the Receptus in the footnotes. to the New Testament in the Companion Bible. A very good Old Testament Jewish commentary is the Soncino. It is based on the Masoretic Text and has no interlinear but rather a good English translation of it. It has copious rabbinical notes, which will make you even more annoyed than you were with the NIV at the deliberate ignorance of some rabbis and the failure of others to act on obvious messianic truth. In most of the major areas there are papers written taking account of the texts. Hopefully we will be able to produce a good workable text on the International Bible Project through CCG Publishing, in the future.
There is also a Concordance to the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books by Collins, which will also help you with their referencing. The New Oxford Annotated RSV is also a good text with notes that are not copious but relevant.
Do you consider the Douay Rheims Bible a worthwhile addition to one’s Bible study aids? There are extra books included which are not in other Bibles so I am wondering when and why these were added? Are they authentic or just add-ins?
A: The extra books are the works which constitute the Apocrypha. This group of works was declared canonical by the Council of Trent. All of these works were produced after the close of the Canon, and after the death of Ezra in 323 BCE. They all contain serious problems with the Old Testament text.
For example 1 Esdras is in total conflict with the Book of Ezra. Esdras has the construction of the Temple in the time of Darius Hystaspes, which is absolutely impossible both historically and biblically. They are important to Roman Catholicism for various non-biblical and pagan reasons. The doctrine of purgatory is dependent upon the Apocrypha. Thus, it has to be included.
The historical works of the Macabbees is also non-canonical, but an interesting study. Judah has always rejected them as non-canonical. So also has the Church over time. Look at the papers The Bible (No. 164);TheSign of Jonah and the History of the Reconstruction of the Temple (No. 13);General Distribution of the Sabbath-keeping Churches (No. 122) and The Role of the Fourth Commandment of the Historical Sabbath-keeping Churches of God (No. 170). The Heydock commentary (1851 edition) has an important reference, which shows the contention of the problem in the use of the definite article in relation only to the One True God and never to Christ, in the application of “theos” to the New Testament by its error here. The text is derived from the Vulgate and applied to Christ in error in this text.
You had mentioned before that there were several forgeries and mistranslations in certain Bibles. Could you please list these for our reference and what is the correct translation? I am not sure how many you are talking about; if there are many how about the 10 most important in your opinion to start with?
A: Well, there are many changes and mistranslations. Fortunately, we know about them. The best KJV to get is the Companion Bible. Bullinger makes notes on the ancient texts and what is omitted from them in the notes to each verse.
Also, in the appendices there is a list of the 134 alterations by the Sopherim from “Yahovah” to “Adonai” (Appendix 32). The Appendix has the texts of the alterations to “Elohim”, and the print in the KJV reflects the alterations to elohim. The AV renders the texts in 2Samuel 5:19-25 and 6:9-17 as “Lord.” Where the AV and the Revised Versions still have “God” in the texts in 1Chronicles and Psalms, it appears that way in the Companion Bible but with a print’s mark.
The Concordant Literal New Testament is important, as is also the Marshall’s Greek English Interlinear. Greens Interlinear Bible is also of use for the Old Testament. The New Testament is based on the Receptus, which has serious problems. The most important alteration, or forgery and mistranslation, in the KJV is the forged text of 1John 5:7 which makes the Trinitarian reference and which is not in any ancient manuscript.
1Timothy 3:16 in the KJV is based on the forged text in Codex A found in the British museum. It has the Uncial O altered by the addition of a bar making it “theta” and another scribe added “sygma,” making the letters “theta sygma,” and this was interpreted as the word “theos” and hence translated “God” instead of “he who.” The forgeries are even in two different kinds of ink.
Philippians 2:6 in the KJV has been muddied up and is clearer in the RSV. John 1:1 is a Trinitarian rendering. John 1:18 has “monogenes theos” replaced by “Monogenes Uios” in the Receptus and hence in the KJV. Most Trinitarians carry on that incorrect translation. (cf. Marshall’s Interlinear).
Ephesians 3:9 has the words “by Jesus Christ” added to the end of the text, “In God, who created all things.” The KJV has an “alpha omega” inclusion in the KJV at Revelation 1:8, which is omitted in the ancient texts. This process and the texts are examined in the paper Arche of the Creation of God as Alpha and Omega (No. 229). Deuteronomy 32:8 has been altered in the Masoretic text from “sons (angels) of God” to read “sons of Israel.” It is corrected in the RSV and a few others based on the LXX and the DSS finds of the ancient texts. Genesis 23:6 has “prince of elohim” in the Hebrew and this is translated as “mighty prince.”
The Companion Bible also has the emendations of the Sopherim to “Elohim” in Appendix 33, of which there were 18. The fifteen extraordinary points of the Sopherim are noted in Appendix 31 of the Companion Bible.
The Temple codex taken to Rome by Titus, and handed over to the Jewish Community by the Emperor Severin ca 220 CE, had thirty-two passages that differed from other texts. The lists are preserved and the Companion Bible lists them in Appendix 34 and also makes notes in the margin of the verses. The Companion Bible notes are indispensable to any real study of the KJV. The Annotated Oxford RSV is also important.
What is the term Sola Scriptura? Where is the term in the Bible?
A: The term “Sola Scriptura” means “by Scripture alone.” It denies the right of any tradition, of either the Church or of Judaism, to qualify Scripture or alter the clear intent of its words.
The Bible text which reinforces this view is Isaiah 8:20 which states that if they do not speak according to the Law and the testimony there is no light in them. Another text that deals with this concept is that the Scripture is of no private interpretation. Christ condemned the Pharisees for making the word God of no account by their traditions. All of the Law and the Prophets make up the Two Great Commandments. No tradition is included in them. Revelation closes the New Testament account. The system condemned by the Bible seeks to change times and the Law. Thus, the Bible alone is the word of God by which every man must live: every word of it. The argument as to composition and the structure of the Bible is examined in the paper The Bible (No. 164). What is “Scripture” exactly? I think it is a way for God to reveal himself, but are there any other things you can tell me?
A: Yes, Scripture is inspired. That means literally God-breathed. It follows that if God exists and he created us, then He has a moral obligation, if He is to judge us in conduct, to give us a set of rules by which to live.
He did do this and He spoke to us through His servants, the prophets, who were inspired by the Holy Spirit to speak to the world. He did this originally through the son of Adam, and then through Noah, and then through the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob into the nation of Israel.
When Christ and the Apostles taught, the Scriptures were the Old Testament. The New Testament is a record of the teachings of Christ, in what are called the gospels, meaning “good news.” The Book of Acts is a definitive history of the early Church and its approach to Scripture. All the other epistles are either interpretations of the Old Testament in the light of problems experienced in the Church given by God to people under the influence of the Holy Spirit, or the direct Revelation of God to Jesus Christ for example as dictated to John as prophecy. The way the Bible was dictated and compiled is explained in the paper The Bible (No. 164). What are the “oracles of God?”
A: The Scriptures, and particularly the Law, are the oracles of God. The oracles were given to the people of God through the prophets and those prophets were of Israel (cf. The Oracles of God (No. 184)). The end of the oracles of God in the first phase occurred with the prophets, Ezra and Nehemiah. The Old Testament was finished with these people. God was silent from this end phase of the Old Testament revelation until He spoke through His ministering spirits to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist (Lk. 1:5-30).
The Holy of Holies is also referred to as being the oracle (esp. from 1Kings 6: 16,19,20). This probably stemmed, as we see, from the fact that the Law was kept there and God revealed Himself through prophecy there. It was a cube of twenty cubits (cf. 1Kings 6:20). This is called the “naos” in the New Testament, which refers specifically to the Church, which naos it was (cf. The Ark of the Covenant (No. 196)).
1Corinthians 3:17 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (KJV)
The Church is thus the “naos” or “Holy of Holies” and hence, the oracle of God. The oracle of God thus became the Church at Pentecost 30 CE. So, we then see what Paul meant when he referred to the oracles of God in a broader and more correct context.
I would like to start reading the Bible from cover to cover. Is there a special order or anything that helps in understanding the text?
A: Reading the Bible from cover to cover can be done in a year if two or three chapters a day are read. The problem in understanding the Bible, is that it is written so that it can only be understood here a little, there a little, precept on precept, line upon line. Christ spoke in parables so people would NOT understand before it was time that they understand.
This process is important in understanding the structure and intent of the Bible. To that end, there is a Bible Study Program formulated so that people can study by topic. See the Bible Study Program (No. B1). Understanding the structure of the plan of God is assisted by the paper: Outline Timetable of the Age (No. 272). Looking at the structure of the Bible is also helpful: The Bible (No. 164). The Role of Christ in the compilation of the Bible can also be seen in the papers: Role of the Messiah (No. 226); and The Pre-Existence of Jesus Christ (No. 243). May I get some Bible scriptures to study and read regarding “renewing my mind?”
A. If you go to the web site at www.ccg.org you will find a section with a number of key spots down the side of the CCG second page. On there is a link to the Key Study papers and also a Bible Study Program (No. B1). If you go through the sequences in that paper you will see some 300 papers listed in categories. Papers such as Repentance and Baptism (No. 52) and the series on the Nature of God will tell you the “who” of the question of God and worship.
The papers like Role of Messiah (No. 226) will tell you what part Christ plays in this process. Papers like the God’s Calendar (No. 156) and the various Holy Day papers, and explanations regarding them, will tell you the “how” of worship. There are also papers on the plan of salvation and the Outline Timetable of the Age (No. 272) to show you the prophetic sequence of events. There is enough Scriptural and historical material there to keep the genuine student going for years in genuine research. Then, when you get older, you will enjoy doing it all over again because you will approach it from a deeper perspective. With God’s people, learning never ends.
If I have this correct, Yahovah is the word that is translated Lord and LORD in the same verse. If that is correct, why do you think they did not stay consistent? It just makes it more confusing. Could you explain what the Septuagint is and what Kurios is?
A: Many translations of the Bible, in fact most, are from a Trinitarian point of view. Some hide the use of “Yahovah.” From the Sopherim, the Jewish Scribes changed the word “Yahovah” 134 times in the Masoretic text to “Adonai.” The Septuagint is the Bible translated into Greek from the Hebrew under the Ptolemies in Egypt. Its abbreviation is LXX for seventy, being the seventy scribes who allegedly translated it. It is often quoted in the NT and most likely was the most common Bible text they used. “Kurios” is Greek for “Lord” used in the NT and in the LXX.
I am a serious Bible student in need of as many sources as possible on the topic of Ancient Israel’s Historiography, and the Historiography of the Old Testament. If you have any suggestions I would be very interested in knowing them. I would prefer mainstream thought.
A: When you say mainstream, it should be noted that the Bible has been dismantled as an authoritative source by the mainstream system. You will find a history of the Canon and its compilation at the website in The Bible (No. 164). There are also some comments in the work Christ and the Koran (No. 163). You will also find some comments regarding the timing of the closure of the canon in the papers Reading the Law with Ezra and Nehemiah (No. 250); and The Sign of Jonah and the History of the Reconstruction of the Temple (No. 13). Westcott’s History of the Canon is a good work if you can get to one.
I remember reading that a particular individual was credited for stating that, based on the ages and dates recorded in the Bible, the earth could only be 6,000 years old. Do you know who the individual was and cite a reference for me, please?
A: It is assumed that you mean the chronology produced by Archbishop James Ussher for the Authorised text. The chronology is in fact from 6004 BCE. It is to be found in the Authorised version of 1701. In later editions many of the notes and references have been omitted. So, if you wish for the complete chronology and list, get that version from the nearest library that has it.
How were years measured in the Bible, i.e. how did they determine someone’s age?
A: The Bible commences the year from the month of Abib, which is the New Moon nearest the equinox. The conjunction formed the basis of the determination for the Hebrews. The finger of Ashirat, or the crescent moon, formed the basis for the Babylonians and Egyptians. There was an intercalary month seven times in every nineteen years. Years were measured from 1 Abib, or 1 Nisan as it was called from the Babylonian Nisanu. Look at the paper God’s Calendar (No. 156); and also The Moon and the New Year (No. 213). The Pharisees introduced all sorts of other new years after the fall of the Temple, as we know from the Mishnah but that was not so in the Temple period. Their New Year from the 3rd century was Rosh Hashanah in Tishri, or the seventh month, which they borrowed from the Babylonians after their dispersal.
Hebrews did not celebrate birthdays as it was a cult of the Babylonians, the stargazers and the sun cults. Job’s children had been killed for that fact. Astrology and the date charts are also forbidden. Look at the paper Birthdays (No. 286). The date of Christ’s birth is deliberately hidden for that fact.
Adar II, the intercalary month, was simply treated as “WeAdar” or “And Adar,” and all dates in this month were treated simply as Adar for purposes of trade. Usury was forbidden and all debts were to have been forgiven at the seventh or Sabbath year of the Sabbatical cycle. You will find most questions answered in the papers on the web dealing with the calendar issues.
What person in the Bible was known for managing their money/resources wisely?
A: There are examples in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Job was the correct manager. Joseph was the best with other people’s money as a steward. Jacob managed his father-in-law's estates and accumulated wealth for himself as well. Daniel was also another example of wisdom. Mordecai is another example of a wise steward.
The New Testament example is of the steward who was wise in the ways of this world. However, he was hardly to be followed. Solomon was the epitome of Wisdom and management of the resources of the Kingdom, but he also fell into idolatry. His father David also was wise in that way.
I would like to know if there is any truth to the claim made by those advocating that the Bible has a hidden code?
A: The Bible is established by many in certain code sequences. The Bible is also used as a divination tool using various sequences. So also can Moby Dick be used this way and this has been used as we see below.
Comments are as follows:
“Roughly described, both words of a pair are located by finding where each appears at its own respective minimum equidistant letter sequence (ELS). In theory, these minimum sequences may be any number of letters (though no longer than c. 78,000 divided by one less than the number of letters in the word); in practice, they tend to be quite short relative to the total length of Genesis. But as we will see, the actual ELS does not bias the results.
“In a recent interview, David Kazhdan, professor and chairman of mathematics at Harvard, cautioned hasty sceptics of the Torah codes, ‘The phenomenon is real. What conclusion you reach from this is up to the individual.’ In addition, word clusters, such as mentioned in Witztum's and Drosnin's books and the so-called messianic codes, are an uncontrolled phenomenon and similar clusters will be found in any text of similar length. All claims of incredible probabilities for such clusters are bogus, since they are computed contrary to standard rules of probability and statistics.
“Among the signatories below are some who believe that the Torah was divinely written. We see no conflict between that belief and the opinion we have expressed above.
Look also at this web site:
These are better refutation codes:
This shows ELSs prophesying assassinations in Moby Dick. English with vowels is less able to do this than Hebrew consonants.
We think that most of this Bible Code type of stuff has the effect of undermining people’s ability to live by faith, and perhaps this is the intent. It promotes searches to gain foreknowledge that will benefit individuals and it is not healthy. It should be noted that Moby Dick also has this same ELS in English.
Establishing a scientific statistical basis to prove how Scripture was written is valid. New Testament Theomatics is the soundest the officers of the Church have studied, and Washburn is now working on the Old Testament.
Are there biblical references to the colours blue and orange? My women’s group from our church is hosting a rainbow tea
A: Yes, there are many references to the colour blue, especially in the texts concerning the Temple of God from Exodus 25:4 to Exodus 39:31. There are references in Numbers 4:6-12; 15:38; 2Chronicles 2:7,14; 3:14; Esther 1:6,6; 8:15; Jeremiah 10:9; Ezekiel 23:6; 27:7,24.
The other colours associated with God and the Temple of God are scarlet, purple and gold. There were pomegranates in the Temple but it appears that they were of blue and purple. Scarlet was used for the hem of the robe of the ephod and was separated by small golden bells (cf. Ex. 28:33; 39:24); or they were of natural colours of the materials themselves.
The concept of the Rainbow is a “New Age” concept. Orange, as such, does not appear in the Temple system. It is classed by the Greeks and Romans as an artificial colour needing preparation. There were a wide variety of pigments known by the ancients. There were varieties of ochres and resins and sulphates obtained from great distances.
The groups were in the colour categories of red (which included cinnabar and vermilion, and minium as red oxide of lead among the Romans and Greeks), yellows, greens, blue, indigo, cobalt, purple, brown, black and white. The groups and pigments can be found in Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, 1848, p. 320-322 esp.p. 321). The most common colour in Israel was blue. The Romans excluded it and used black. The blue ribbons on the corners of the garments were used as a reminder of the Law of God. See the paper Blue Ribbons (No. 273). Destiny
I believe that we should help out anyone in need. We were all created by the same God. I’m aware that God doesn’t want us to fall in love with the world. However, what does He really mean by “world”? Is it pleasure from the world? Also, if we are to truly spend our time loving God and studying the Bible and practising God’s teachings wouldn’t we have to give up school since it doesn’t help us when we die and go to heaven? Why should we waste our time learning anything in this world and setting goals?
A: Solomon said this is the whole duty of man: “To keep the commandments of God” (Eccl. 12:13). The saints are those who keep the Commandments of God and the testimony or faith of Jesus Christ (Rev. 12:17; 14:12). In the first two centuries, if anyone said that they were Christians and that when they died they went to heaven, you knew by that statement that they were not Christians. They were Gnostic impostors in the church (cf Justin Martyr Second Apology, LXXX; the papers The Soul (No. 92); and The Resurrection of the Dead (No. 143). Now, if you ask people they will tell you, as you have written here, they head up to heaven. They simply do not understand the Plan of God and have not had the Bible explained to them correctly. To understand what God is doing at present, you might read the Outline Timetable of the Age (No. 272). Look also at the text The Statement of Beliefs of the Christian Faith (A1). That text will give you the original teachings and beliefs of the Christian Faith as taught by Messiah and the Apostles.
When you come to understand the Plan of God, you will understand what is meant by your question and why the Bible is written in parables. It is done so that people will not understand and turn and be saved before their time.
What is the hope for mankind’s future in harmony with God’s written word? Please quote scriptures.
A: It is written in our Law, “I said ye are Gods” and “Scripture cannot be broken” (Jn 10:34-35). We are to become elohim as the Angel of Yahovah at our head (Zech. 12:8). We are the “naos” or the “Holy of Holies” of the Temple of God (1Cor. 3:17) through the Holy Spirit.
Our destiny is to become the City of God and God is to become all in all (Eph. 4:6). Look at the paper The City of God (No. 180). It is not God’s will that any flesh should perish. Therefore He has purposed a system that will enable the salvation of all. The complex sequences of Scriptures dealing with these processes are in the papers Outline Timetable of the Age (No. 272); The Pre-Existence of Jesus Christ (No. 243); The Soul (No. 92) and The Resurrection of the Dead (No. 143). And this is eternal life, that you know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom he sent (Jn 17:3).
I know God is allknowing, so is our fate sealed when we are born as to how we live our life, people we meet, diseases we get I know our genes determine a big part of health. What if we don't get a chance to find out the truth, was that His plan for us? My other question is if parents are baptised does that protect children since they cannot be baptised?
A: No our fate is not "sealed." We all have freedom of will and choice. God is not dealing with the world as yet. It is under the god of this world and that rule will end shortly. At present He is only selecting and training a cadre of teachers who will take over the tasks of the Demons when their rule comes to an end. These people will become spirit beings and rule the world for the 1000 years of the Millennium. At the end of the Millennial system Satan will be released again and the world will come into rebellion one more.
The Second Resurrection of the Dead will occur then and all people on the planet will live again for 100 years. This will be the great Judgment to correction. Everyone who has ever lived will be given an opportunity for salvation in a more pure form and teaching. At the end of the 100 years those who do not repent and are converted are left to die and their bodies will be burnt. They will simply disappear from the memory of the host save as a memorial to the physical creation. Those who do repent will be converted in the Holy Spirit and then translated into spirit beings and join the teachers and judges of the First Resurrection. The City of God will then come to the earth and God will become all in all. Look at the papers The Soul (No. 92); The Resurrection of the Dead (No. 143); Outline Timetable of the Age (No. 272); and The City of God (No. 180). Can you give me a Bible reference to show that God has reasons for our suffering?
A: This is a hard question. The problem of the existence of evil and suffering among the innocent is often raised as a problem regarding the existence of God. If he is a good God, why does He allow so much suffering? The answer lies in our decisions and choices. We were created with free choice. The Host that were put in charge of us also had free choice. Under Satan the angels rebelled. Adam and Eve sinned. Thus, they exercised their God given rights of free will or choice.
Since that time the planet has been following a path of its own volition, prompted by Satan and the fallen host. As we approach the time of the end of the rule of the god of this world (2Cor. 4:4) and the return of the Messiah, things will get worse and will continue to get worse because they do not follow God’s ways.
God will send the Messiah back to set up his system of government from Jerusalem. That rule will last a thousand years (cf. Rev. 20:1-15). The earth will be healed and the nations will be healed and we will follow God’s Laws. Until that time, things are going to be pretty grim. Look at the papers: Statement of Belief of the Christian Faith (No. A1);The Purpose of the Creation and the Sacrifice of Christ (No. 160); Trumpets (No. 136); The Seven Seals (No. 140); The Seven Trumpets (No. 141); The Government of God (No. 174); The Millennium and the Rapture (No. 95); The Soul (No. 92); The Resurrection of the Dead (No. 143); and Outline Timetable of the Age (No. 272). In these you will see the Scriptures analysed, and they will show you the Plan of God and how all things will be made right.
I know a lot of people who were on their last legs, whether it was drugs, debt or other stresses, who came to Christ, or were saved, or said Jesus was working on them, and who turned their lives around. My question is how important are the beliefs of a religion if it helps the person out? What if they think they’ve found the truth and that’s all they know. Will God hold them accountable? How will you know, since everyone is convincing you they’re right?
A: It is a basis of any belief in God, that God has a responsibility to convey His will to humans through His servants. The Bible is the accepted core of Judaism and Christianity and also in the Koran, if not followed by those claiming Islam. The Koran is commentary on the Bible.
The Bible is clear that the whole duty of man is to obey the commandments of God. The saints, who are the seed of the woman the church and spiritual Israel, are those who keep the Commandments of God and the Testimony or Faith of Jesus Christ (Rev. 12:17; 14:12).
People can go to any form of psychological process for help in dealing with their personal problems. That is not what the faith is all about. God is choosing a series of people out of this world in order to run the next phase or Millennial system when Christ takes over from Satan. He does that through a process of omniscience and grace. People are predestined to be called, chosen, then called, then justified, and hence glorified (Rom. 8:29-30).
God is not dealing with all people now. The choice is simple. If a person is predestined, they will be called in due time and placed in training under the Holy Spirit to do the task required of them during the Millennial system and in the Judgment of the Second Resurrection.
If a person is not part of that process, then they will not understand. If they are, then the Holy Spirit will open their minds and they will understand it. That is why the Bible is written in parables. It is so people will not understand and turn to be saved before it is their time.
The Law will be run according to the laws of God for 1000 years under one true faith. If you want to be part of God’s system for that process and God has foreknowledge of your calling, you will conduct the faith according to the faith once delivered to the saints.
It has not changed in 2000 years. However, there are very few who find the straight path and the narrow gate.
I’ve heard that God speaks to us in our heart but what does it mean? Sometimes there is a question that I don’t know the answer to, so I open the Bible randomly and if I find the word ‘yes’ then that is the answer and the same applies if I find ‘no’. I’m really afraid of lucky/unlucky things. Does the Bible speak about lucky/unlucky?
A: God is omniscient. That means He has perfect knowledge of all true propositions. He ordains the works of some of us. He knew Jeremiah before he was formed in the belly and God ordained his works. That does not mean that God is determining what happens to us, or that He is even intervening in some things. God is only dealing with a few people at present. The god of this world is currently Satan and he has control for only a little while longer.
The practice you speak of here is termed “bibliomancy” and it is the process of divination by Bible reading, but is divination just the same. It leaves you open to the influences of Satan and the demons as any divination does. God says not to do it. The instruction is to walk by faith. Do not be overly concerned about what you do or what you have to eat or wear. God knows what you need and He will provide that, provided you give your ways to Him. Keep the Commandments of God and the Faith or Testimony of Jesus Christ, for that is the whole duty of man. Luck is an Egyptian concept, which is associated with the intrinsic being of the individual. It is like part of the soul and has no part in Christianity. Try to place your cares on God and obey His Laws. Your bread and water will be sure.
Symbolism of Numbers
I read the paper Symbolism of Numbers (No. 7) andaskwould you to clarify how you arrived at the first 71 offerings that with Wave Sheaf make 72.
A: The prophetic year has twelve months of thirty days. These then can be taken to have 52 Sabbaths as in the solar year. The New Moons are twelve making 64. There are seven feasts days of Passover/UB, Pentecost, Trumpets which has double sacrifices for Trumpets and the New Moon; Atonement, and Tabernacles/Last Great Day. That makes 71 plus The Wave Sheaf Offering, recorded in Leviticus 23 as one of the compulsory feast days. Thus we have 72.
I have been reading Symbolism of Numbers (No. 7). The concepts are difficult for me to grasp and I would appreciate your help with one of the terms. At the number fourteen and also at the number fifteen, I don't understand what "reduces to five" or "reduces to six" would mean. How are these numbers reduced?
A: The geometric and numerological systems reduce numbers by adding their totals to reduce them to the prime systems of 1 to ten. That is 14 is 4+1 = 5 and so on.
In reference to the paper Symbolism of Numbers (No. 7) when you describe: “Three denotes completeness in the sense of three lines to a figure” -- are you describing the length, height, and width? Could there be a 4th dimension that currently we are not aware of?
A: Yes, that is the sense of the line of the figure making the third dimension. The fourth dimension is the spiritual, which is allocated to us on baptism.
The paper on Symbolism of Numbers (No. 7) is very good. I was just curious why 300 was not included in the paper. There seem to be numerous references to 300 in scripture. What is the significance?
A: Perhaps it should have been there. The significance of the three hundred is discussed in the paper Gideon's Force and the Last days (No. 22). The three hundred represent three companies each of a hundred that God raises up in the Holy Spirit to defeat the forces of the Baal system in the last days. This has significance then for the structure of the Church as well under Messiah.